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Twitter Users Poke Fun At Siri, Latest Feature Announcement

Twitter Users Poke Fun At Siri, Latest Feature Announcement

By John Vinson October 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

Many features were announced for the iPhone 4S: 1080p video recording, iCloud, and a faster processor. However, there’s one feature which looks to be the most captivating and hilarious. It’s Siri. While keeping up with Twitter traffic, there was a …

Microsoft Silences Santa Sex Talk

Microsoft has had to remove its Santa bot after it was discovered to be using inappropriate language with users.

eBay Working to Solve Identity System Problem

Last night I met Dan Pritchett, technical fellow at eBay. He told me that eBay alone has 21 identity systems.

So, if you wanted to use every part of eBay’s empire, like Skype, PayPal, StumbleUpon, etc, you’d need to sign in 21 different times.

Needless to say he, and others at eBay, are working on solving that problem.

Why did I meet up with Dan Pritchett? Because of a speech by Tim Berners Lee, the guy who invented the Web. No, Al Gore didn’t do that. Heh.

Google Talk Gadget Learns More Languages

Some announcements are surprising, while others are expected. 

This is neither; although we didn’t know it was going to happen, it’s actually quite logical that the Google Talk Gadget would gain support for 19 more languages.

Wall and Cutts Talk Things Over
Matt Cutts recently offered a public voting for my lynching, but we just talked things over, and there will be no lynching – at least not yet. I think Matt is a great guy, but his job is tough as a public face of THE company dominating the web.

Live Search Club Turning into PR Disaster

It looks like the Windows Live Search Club, the puzzle game promotion that seemed so successful for Microsoft at first, is quickly turning into a PR disaster for the company.

The Club, which had searchers play puzzle games in order to win prizes, originally gave Microsoft a huge boost in search engine market share, a gain which has slowly dissapeared entirely in the last few months. Even worse, though, is the anger the Club’s fans are now turning towards the company.

Man Starts Site To Find Girl Of His Dreams
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A story of a man who saw the girl of his dreams on a crowded subway train got the attention of New Yorkers this week.

Best Buy PR Smarts & ChargeCarte Customer Disservice

It’s been so long since I’ve done a Goofus and Gallant post that I’ll remind everyone we point to marketing and PR stories that demonstrate how to and how not to.

Webmail Storage Quotas – Are They Redundant?

The last time I checked my Gmail quota (actually just a few minutes ago), I was just using 45 megabytes of my 3,373 megabyte quota. So are email quotas irrelevant?

If that’s not enough, over at the Gmail blog, they’ve just mentioned “More Gmail Storage for All

Google Becoming Wikipedia Without the Talk Page
In a recent post about paid links, Danny Sullivan wrote about how Google’s army of engineers are going to start hand editing PageRank scores if they think you are selling links, which is a move that wreaks of desperation.

Yahoo Keeps It In The (Flickr) Family

A little bit of nepotism is to be expected.  A lot of it can be annoying, and, in the case of Yahoo’s image search results and Flickr, rather less than helpful.

SES: Search Engines Talk Click Fraud

At SES San Jose, representatives from the big four search engines talked about the persistent threat of click fraud, and how they are fighting back to protect their advertisers.

How Google Deals with Fragments/named Anchors
In a post called ‘Talk like a Googler: parts of a url‘, Matt Cutts discusses how Google deals with fragments/named anchors.

Here are some of the components of the url:

Doodle 4 Google Contest Creates Huge Response
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When I first wrote about Google Australia’s Doodle 4 Google contest, I thought it was a nice idea – “nice idea” meaning a warm-fuzzies PR initiative that not a lot of people would notice.  But people are noticing, and a new post on the Official Google Australia Blog quantifies the matter.

Facebook Receives NPR Podcast Player
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I like listening to music, but when local stations can’t keep me interested, I turn to National Public Radio.  Facebook users will now have the same option, as the NPR Podcast Player has made its way onto the social networking site.

Google Addresses IM Etiquette

We’ve come to think of Googlers as cool people, as smart people, and above all, as tech-savvy people.  I’m not here to challenge that perception, but a new post on the Official Google Australia Blog implies that Google’s employees deal with some of the same crap as the rest of us.  The topic of the post?  IM etiquette.

Meebo, Google Talk Gaining On AIM, MSN
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Though they have a long way to go (a really long way), instant messaging services that offer chat or multimedia chat functionalities are growing the fastest among IM providers, according to new numbers from Nielsen//NetRatings.